Prime Minister Gaston Browne has frankly responded to criticisms made by his Grenadian counterpart Dr Keith Mitchell on the financial problems facing the regional airline, LIAT.
Speaking during the ceremonial opening of the 38th Summit of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders in Grenada on Tuesday night, Mitchell, the incoming CARICOM Chairman, said that political presence on the board of airlines, such as LIAT, is not helpful to its proper management and efficiency.
Mitchell also questioned the ‘overnight’ decision made by LIAT several months ago to cancel what he described one of its most lucrative routes to and from Grenada, without any consultation with the citizens or leadership of Grenada.
He said it was all based on politics and called on his colleagues to do better as a region.
However the nation’s leader who did not call his Grenadian counterpart by name thought otherwise.
“Those who do not contribute to the airline should not want to determine airlifts etc. Invest your money, then sit at the table and make your demands. Talk is cheap! It takes cash to run an airline,” he noted.